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Mark Sanchez joined Fox Sports Radio with Petros and Money to discuss getting stuck in an elevator over the weekend at his alma mater USC, what did he make of the media reaction to his rumored romance with NYC teen E.K., and how hard is it for him to go out in New York.
How did you get stuck in an elevator yesterday?
"Actually, the fire department came, which was weird. Yesterday, I went up to USC. I got up there early, pretty much all day and got to see the likes of Tino, Pops and Russ and everybody in the training room and the equipment room. I went over and saw coach [Lane] Kiffin, got a chance to speak to the football team and watched practice. Then right after that, you know, I worked out a little bit... We're getting ready to go downstairs, down below in the auditorium, and instead of taking the stairs we all got in the elevator and got stuck for like an hour. It was me and about five other people. Leigh Steinberg was there. A couple of people, oh, Willie Gault of the '85 [Chicago] Bears was there. It was so funny."
What did you make of the media reaction to your rumored romance with a New York City teen (E.K.)? Were you affected by that?
"You know, it's just one of those things that it's an internet deal... I'm playing in New York. One of the biggest cities in the country and you're going to get scrutiny on and off the field, no matter what you do. You know, you just gotta be smart about who you hang out with and it's not even worth talking about at this point anymore. It's a few months old. It's just, that's the nature of gossip in the city. I mean that's kind of the way things go and it's…you know this better than anybody. I mean, people embellish stories, fabricate stories, to try to drive traffic to their website, to try and get people to start talking about their publication. It didn't bother me. It was just too bad that somebody had to go do stuff like that, but it's a probably a great lesson about playing in New York and being in the spotlight. You know, you learn from those things. I think yesterday they were talking… somebody told me, about me hanging out with Hayden Panettiere. I was like, yeah, okay, let's be smart here. She's got a boyfriend. Her family is like, all Jets fans. She's from New York, so we have some mutual friends. She knows one of my best friends, Scotty [McKnight]."
How hard is it to go out now in New York?
"Come on man, don't give away my spot. You just gotta be smart. I'm with Scotty [McKnight] most of the time. You know, people have usually been cool, but there's always people trying to catch you, taking a picture of you doing something that — oh yeah, him and Hayden [Panettiere] are doing that. It's like, come on. We're sitting at a club hanging out and we happen to be at the same place or something like that. It's just too bad, but that's the way it goes. It's totally worth it to be where I'm at and get all the perks of playing in the NFL. If that's one of the downsides, I can live with it."
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